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What does "bad by the numbers" mean?
In the title of the article, "'Innocent' is guilty of bad-by-the-numbers writing."
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The article is about a movie called, "An Innocent Man." At the end of the first column it says that the movie is written by-the-numbers style.
I'd like to use "Bad to the Numbers" as the title for a novel I'm writing.
It's in the title of an article about a movie called "An Innocent Man": "'Innocent' is guilty of bad by-the-numbers writing."
In the article the author says that the movie "is written by-the-numbers style."
I'd like to use "Bad by the Numbers" as the title of my novel. It's a play on words. The story is about the investigation of a scam. The numbers in the scammers' receipts don't add up and they are discovered.
Your intended use is a good play on words.
You need to understand what "by-the-numbers" means. The hyphens denote that the words should be taken as a phrase.
Ever see paint-by-number kits? The idea here is that there is no creativity to the writing. It is formulaic, following a standard recipe.
Thank you so much, SoothingDave. I get the idea, now.